DOT distracted driving meeting planned

| July 28, 2010

The U.S. Department of Transportation announced the second National Distracted Driving Summit will be held Sept. 21 in Washington, D.C.

Leading transportation officials, safety advocates, law enforcement, industry representatives, researchers and victims affected by distraction-related crashes will convene to address challenges and identify opportunities for national anti-distracted driving efforts.

At this year’s event, experts from across the country will explore accomplishments since the first summit, as well as challenges that lie ahead. Key topics will include research, technology, policy, public outreach and best practices in enforcement. Additional details will be released aat www.distraction.gov/2010summit.

In the year since the first Distracted Driving Summit, dozens of state and local governments have enacted anti-distracted driving legislation, and the federal government has established texting bans for commercial truck and bus drivers. DOT helped victims establish a national nonprofit advocacy organization called FocusDriven and launched pilot law enforcement campaigns in Hartford, Conn., and Syracuse, N.Y.